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TWoP 10: Things We're Dreading About the 2009-2010 TV Season

Fall is usually a time of excitement for TV junkies like us, with so many new shows, returning favorites resolving last season's cliffhangers and the promise of a fresh start for stale plotlines. However, this year we're dreading some potential developments, which has put a damper on our enthusiasm. Some of these may not happen, while some are already in the works, but all of them make us more than a little bit wary.

1. Lost ending
While we're anxiously waiting for midseason for Lost to come back, we're also more than a bit sad about this being the final season of this landmark show. We're dying to find out how it all turns out, but the idea of a life without new episodes to closely examine is truly depressing. Especially if this series finale is a letdown like BSG or The Sopranos.

2. Lexi being the focus of Grey's Anatomy
Ellen Pompeo's going on maternity leave and Katherine Heigl's taking time off to do some ridiculous movie project, which leaves Lexi as the most likely candidate to become the central female focus. She is a Grey after all. But she can be more than a little whiny, her relationship with Dr. McSteamy is about as boring as watching paint dry and now that George is gone, she's got no friends to speak of. Snooze alert.

3. Tom DeLay on Dancing With the Stars
We understand that every season has to have a gimmick, be it Cloris Leachman or the Woz. Casting unconventional "stars" is this show's M.O., after all. But choosing a fallen politician seems like scraping the bottom of the barrel. Maybe they should step back and take some time off, or do just one C-list round-up per season instead of two in order to get some better contestants.

4. Helen Hunt possibly on Parenthood
We were cautiously optimistic about this TV version of Parenthood mostly because of its great ensemble cast (Craig T. "Coach" Nelson, Maura Tierney, Peter Krause, Erika Christensen and Monica Potter). But now that Tierney has dropped out because of health issues, Helen Hunt is rumored to be replacing her. Ugh. Helen Hunt? We're not exactly fans of hers and we're worried that if this comes true she'll bring the show down.

5. Fringe losing viewers because of a sucky timeslot
Fringe was one of the best new shows to come out of last season. It started out a little sluggish, but by the time they exposed us to the alternate reality, we were totally hooked. So we're totally bummed about the fact that it's been moved to 9 PM on Thursdays, the most competitive timeslot on TV, where it will go up against The Office, 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, CSI and Supernatural. It was hard enough scheduling our DVRs as it was. Fox thinks it's rewarding Fringe with a prime slot, but we're worried it'll end up killing the series prematurely, no matter how many people catch it online later (like us).

6. Less trashy VH1 reality shows
After that whole "Megan Wants a Murderer" debacle, VH1 took the remaining episodes of Megan Wants a Millionaire off the air, as well as the next season of I Love Money because Ryan Jenkins was on that, too. Now they're saying they might cut back even more on the number of skanky, disgusting, money/fame-grubbing shows that they produce. That's good for America, but bad for us: those addictive series were the only reason we watched that network. They really just need a better screening process, or maybe they can get that guy from Lie to Me to vet contestants.

7. Smallville getting renewed for yet another season.
No matter how terrible it is, and how much fans complain about it, and how few original cast members still remain, this show just keeps going. We think every season will be its last, and then it isn't. Even a new Friday timeslot, which is likely to result in lower ratings, will probably fail to kill this apparently Kryptonite-proof series.

8. Survivor's "biggest villain ever" not being villainous at all
Early interviews and previews have hyped this season as having the biggest villain in Survivor history. Well, we love our villains and we're anxious to see who can top last season's nutbar Coach (though he was more crazy than evil), but inevitably we end up feeling let down by these contestants. How villainous can he really be? Does he hurt someone's feelings? Lie? We've seen all that. Even if he does turn out to be a bit of a badass, he'll probably have his torch snuffed out in week three and we'll end up watching boring people starve... just like every other recent season.

9. American Idol with a new fourth judge
While we don't hate Ellen's new gig, we're still really annoyed that Paula is no longer on the show. We loved her wacky nonsensical commentary from her and she was far more fun than dead weights Randy and Kara. Even if Ellen brings the funny, she'll lack that certain je ne sais quoi (a.k.a drunkenness) that Paula had. Now it will be two dullards, one comedian and one voice of reason. We're already bracing ourselves for this show to be eight hours long and utterly torturous.

10. The 19th Duggar
Remember when this show started and the Duggar family only had 17 kids and everyone thought that was insane? Well, now they've announced that there's a nineteenth child on the way. Yeah, all from the same mother. Apparently any time the show dips in the ratings, she just gets knocked up again. But we're pretty much over the antics of this giant family, what with all of their offspring and press conferences any time someone has sex. Is there even another "J" name available for this kid? Or will they have to reuse one

What do you fear most about the upcoming TV season? Sound off below.

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